Atlanta chapter of the International Facility Management Association 


November 2012


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   Photos from the October Luncheon


Upcoming Events


November 9 Special Event

New Member and Guest Breakfast

November 14 Monthly Meeting

Can FM be spelled with BIM?

February 22 Special Event
Atlanta Workplace 2013



2012-2013 Board of Officers


Annette Gorelick

Tel: 770-314-5215

Vice President:

Kenneth Bryson, AIA, LEED, AP

Tel: 770-488-2409

VP, Communications:

Joseph Geierman, CFM, FMP

Tel: 404-885-3557

VP, Professional Development:

Kenneth Stephenson, CFM, AIA

Tel: 770-488-2557

Secretary:  Christy Lowell

Cell: 404-734-1270

Treasurer: Dan Walther

Tel: 770-828-1159

Past President:  Karen Howard

Tel: 770-621-6655



Chair - Sustaining Patrons

Harry Ludwig   

King & Spalding, LLP

Chair - Membership

Dawn Abraham   



Chair - Associates

Peter Van Cleave 

Water for Life 


Chair - Newsletter 

Tammy Weeks 

ICS Contract Services 


Chair - IFMA Foundation & Scholarships 

Dee Raya 

The Coca-Cola Company


Co-Chair Community Services 

Richard Yarbrough 

TL Gowin & Co., Inc.


Co-Chair Community Services

Emily Perry 

Harris Perry & Associates, Inc.


Chair - Programs
Gean Leyba 

Research in Motion Corp.


Chair - Education 

Anthony Maddox 

Southern Polytechnic University


Chair - Sustainability

Sharon Jaye 

The Westminster Schools


Chair - Career Management 

Joseph Carroll 

IST Management Services


Chair - Tours 

Pamela Essler 

Forecast Design Studio, LLC


Chair - Emerging Leaders

Carrie May



Chair - Golf/Tennis Classic 

Stephen Christopher 

Royal Cup, Inc.


Co-Chair - Atlanta Workplace

Derek Rusch



Co-Chair - Atlanta Workplace

Joseph Geierman 



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As this November newsletter is published, forty+ of our IFMA Atlanta Chapter members are in San Antonio, TX participating in World Workplace 2012.  Stay tuned for our December newsletter with reflections about WWP 2012 from attendees.

It's apparent that autumn is upon us with cooler temperatures and leaves beginning to fall.  As many of you are closing out 2012 projects, and planning for 2013, I would like to direct you to the updated Balanced Scorecard.  The Chapter is past the first quarter mark of our fiscal year and we have completed several of our targets, with many more in the works.  Please view our progress on the 2012-2013 strategic plan on our website at:


At this time, I would like to personally recognize our Sustaining Patrons for their support throughout the past year.  Our Sustaining Patrons provide both financial support and professional expertise to the Chapter.  IFMA Atlanta would not be able to offer many of our professional development programs and networking events without the commitment of our Sustaining Patrons.  These member companies are identified in our newsletters, on our website, and at our Chapter meetings. Our committee Chairs, Harry Ludwig, of King and Spalding, and Sheryl Yetsko, of McKenna, Long and Aldridge, will be contacting all our Associate members with details regarding the 2013 Sustaining Patron program.  I hope you will consider supporting the Chapter in this very important way in 2013.

On Friday, November 9, the Membership Committee will be hosting our semi-annual New Member Guest Breakfast at Maggiano's Cumberland from 7:30 - 9:00 am.  This is a great opportunity to meet new members and greet guests as Chapter leaders provide an overview of all the wonderful things we are doing in IFMA Atlanta.  Please access your personal and professional contacts and invite someone to this important event.  It's complimentary and easy to register for on our website at:

With the holiday season approaching, please be sure to mark your calendars and register for our November Chapter luncheon meeting.  It will be held early, on November 14, at the Cherokee Town Club.  Please register on our website at:

In closing, I would like to announce the opening of registration for Atlanta Workplace (AWP) 2013 to be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.  IFMA Atlanta is partnering with the International Interior Design Association of Georgia (IIDA) and the Atlanta Branch of the Georgia Chapter of the US Green Building Conference (USGBC) to provide nine educational sessions, a solutions expo, and morning and luncheon keynote addresses.  You can learn more and register at:


Annette Gorelick, LEED AP O+M
IFMA Atlanta Chapter President 



Upcoming Events



November 9th - New Member and Guest Breakfast

Please join us for a wonderful breakfast at Maggianos Cumberland to welcome new members and learn about the IFMA Atlanta Chapter.



November 14th- Monthly Meeting at Cherokee Town Club - Can FM be spelled with BIM? 

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is now a mainstream conversation among the AEC world but what about owners and facility managers? What advantages from BIM are available for this group after the architects and builders have all gone home? In this presentation we will discuss what owners and specifically, facility mangers have to gain from BIM. We will investigate how the BIM data created and used during the design and construction phases can become a valuable asset for planning, managing, and maintaining a facility. The discussion will also introduce the technology that is currently being used to extract the data from a BIM and how it can be used for everything from real estate portfolio management, to asset tracking, to operations and maintenance.

Speaker Todd Barrett is the Director of Virtual Construction at Choate. Todd directs all the virtual design and construction activities. He acts as the head of VirtualWorks which is Choate's in-house virtual design and construction (VDC) team who is tasked with developing and coordinating all BIM related projects. Todd understands that each project has different challenges and so approaches each uniquely, seeking out opportunities to use BIM to realize these goals. Todd's responsibilities include managing the BIM process on specific projects throughout preconstruction and construction.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Southern Polytechnic State University, has over 14 years of construction experience, is a registered Architect, certificate holder of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Please note that Cherokee TC has a no tipping policy - men must wear sport coat or suit, turn off all cell phones.



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Past Events



October 17th - Monthly Meeting - How Facility Managers Deal with Water Matters and Water Management

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We hope you enjoyed the discussion panel program on "How Facility Managers Deal with Water Matters and Water Management."  Thank you to the panelists for such a great discussion!






October 25th - "Mixer, Motivation, and a Movie" at CineBistro 



The IFMA Associates Event, "M4", took place Thursday 10/25/12 and with over 65 registering.  Those in attendance got to meet and get to know several new faces. 

The event, which was planned with more input from Professional members than ever before, packed lots of value.  We enjoyed heavy hors d'oeuvres and a free drink, watched a screening of Brian Tracy's hour long seminar on time management, "Doubling your Productivity" , and then watched the hit movie, "Argo" starring Ben Affleck, while we were served dinner in our first class lounge chairs.

Several members commented on the quality and luxury of the venue, the CineBistro Brookhaven, and one member was overheard to say, "We need to make this an annual event."

Our Co-Sponsors, CWC and Gray's Limousine and the Associates who paid $25 were largely responsible for all the value we were able to give IFMA professional members for just $10.  Darrell Gray of Gray's Limousines brought two limousines to the event and setup a banner, highlighting his company to everyone who signed in and he said, "The movie was great!"

Our Associates committee is working very hard to make this year's events even more fun and meaningful than in the past. We look forward to our next IFMA Associates event, which is planned for the second Braves game of the season in early April at the 755 Club!  "We are still looking for willing Co-Sponsors to help us hold down the cost for our membership.  We know that Braves Baseball viewed from the 755 club will provide another great forum within which to build relationships among the members," said Associates Committee Chair, Pete Van Cleave of Water for Life.


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2012 IFMA Distinguished Author and Distinguished Member Award Winner


In recognition of Sharon Jaye, D.Ed., SFP, Assistant Director of Facilities, The Westminster Schools


Sharon Jaye

Congratulations to Sharon Jaye for being recognized by her peers at World Workplace 2012 in San Antonio as both the IFMA Distinguished Author and Distinguished Member Award Winner.

Sharon is a rising star for the Atlanta Chapter of IFMA, serving on both the International and Chapter Sustainability Committees, and chairing the Atlanta Sustainability Committee (stepping in early March, 2012).

Sharon is a published author and also represents IFMA and the FM profession by participating in the Green Schools National Conference, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) Construction Industry Advisory Board as an Associate Member, and part of the Class of 2012 Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.

Sharon's major professional achievements can be summarized as follows:

  • Earned Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) designation in 2007 (recently expired)
  • Earned Doctorate in Education (D.Ed) in 2011
  • Earned Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) designation in May 2011 - 5th in the world
  • Awarded as Distinguished Author at IFMA World Workplace on 11.02.12
  • Awarded as Distinguished Member at IFMA World Workplace on 11.02.12

Sharon holds the following positions in IFMA:

  • IFMA Atlanta Chapter - Sustainability Committee Chair
  • IFMA Atlanta Chapter - Board of Directors member
  • IFMA Atlanta Chapter - Sustainability Liaison to International
  • IFMA Academic Facilities Council - member
  • IFMA International - Sustainability Committee member
  • IFMA International - Sustainability Committee, Knowledge Management Group, Co-Chair
  • IFMA International - Sustainability How-To Guides Editorial Board

Sharon has also made the following contributions to IFMA:

  • Wrote IFMA Foundation "Sustainability How-To Guide: Carbon Footprint", published April 2012.
  • Became co-chair of new Knowledge Management sub-group of the IFMA International Sustainability Committee (under the direction of Eric Teicholz).
  • Trained to take over how-to guide processes from Eric Teicholz.
  • Co-wrote IFMA Foundation "Sustainability How-To Guide: Waste Management" with Bill Conley, to be published in 2012.  Also recruited SME input from Atlanta cohorts for this guide.
  • Promoted Sustainability How-to Guides and IFMA in two presentations at the Green Schools National Conference in Denver, CO, February 2012 (one solo presentation, one IFMA-sponsored panel).
  • Doctoral dissertation "Classification and Climate Zone Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Benchmarking in Higher Education" published in March 2012 edition of International Journal of Facility Management.
  • Mentored IFMA Nashville Chapter Sustainability committee chair.



Professional Development

What can IFMA's FMP® credential do for you?

Learn something new and add to your FM toolkit.

IFMA's Facility Management Professional  teaches critical FM topics demanded by global employers including:

  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Finance and Business
  • Leadership and Strategy

Regardless of your level of experience, the IFMA FMP Credential Program will ensure that you understand and can implement industry best practices, increase the efficiency of your facility and impact your organization's bottom line. Earning the FMP credential is also a great step toward earning your CFM certification. 



The Listing of IFMA Atlanta Members who have achieved CFM, FMP and SFP status.


This listing is now published on the IFMA Atlanta website at this link:

It can also be found by going to home page and click on "Member Resources" then click on "Professional Development" to visit the committee's page and the list may be found there.

The list has been updated, however if you should be included, please notify Bob Thomas at the Chapter office - or 404-766-1632, ext 22.




Sustainability Corner 

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 Sustainability How-To Guide of the Month: "A Comprehensive Guide to Water Conservation: The Bottom Line Impacts, Challenges and Rewards"


Water is a finite resource; it is not possible to produce more water than what already exists on Earth. Add to that the fact that demand for water is ever increasing. This guide is designed to review the basics of water use and disposal in commercial buildings. By learning about the fundamentals of water conservation, readers will hopefully be able to implement projects that will help lower water consumption and thus lower water bills, as well as sewer bills that are affected by the amount of discharge. In the process, the impact of water consumption on the world in which we live will be reduced.






The SFP now qualifies for LEED continuing education!


We were recently notified by the GBCI (the certification arm for USGBC) that the IFMA SFP Credential Program® has been approved for 70 general CE hours.  This means that LEED certified individuals can earn continuing education credits for completing your course and earning the SFP credential.


The Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP)  is unlike any other credential program. Sustainability is broader and more significant than complying with a building rating system; it is a commitment to improving the facility's impact on the environment and people-not just at one point in time but continually.


The SFP program is made up of three focus areas designed to equip professionals to integrate sustainability efforts with the organization's values and strategies, present a business case for a sustainability initiative, evaluate initiatives from a financial point of view, and track and report accomplishments. These focus areas include:

  • Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management
  • Managing Sustainable Facilities
  • Operating Sustainable Facilities

If you purchase the SFP program before December 31, 2012, the non-refundable application fee is waived! That's a savings of $130 for Professional/Associate Members, $105 for Young Professional Members, and $210 for Nonmembers!

For more information or to purchase the IFMA SFP Credential Program, please visit  or call +1-877-866-1367 (USA/Canada) or +1-651-256-2821 (worldwide).




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GA Tech Corner 


The ability to reach younger students with the career choice of Facility Management has been a target for the graduate FM program at Georgia Tech, as well as the Atlanta Chapter. A new opportunity at Georgia Tech will begin in the spring semester, January 2013.


Professor Kathy Roper submitted a successful proposal for an Honors Undergraduate elective course titled "A New Job Every Day - Managing the Built Environment." Honors students at all undergraduate levels will be able to select this course as a spring elective. In developing the curriculum for the course, we need guest speakers and an opportunity to tour a diverse facility. Students will also be asked to work on a specific project after they gain an initial understanding of FM. This project ideally addresses a real-world issue in FM, so if you have a potential project, topic for a lecture, or could provide a tour of your facility and FM organization, please contact Kathy Roper @ or 404-385-4139. Please take this opportunity to reach the younger Georgia Tech students with the career information they need to learn about Facility Management.


Interested in contributing an article - or even in joining the Newsletter committee?  If so, then contact our Newsletter Committee Chair, Tammy Weeks, at